Reviews written by marlow

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Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     September 02, 2014
Last updated: September 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Apocalypse Now

This is a very respectable absinthe. The initial impression is very nice: it pours an attractive peridot with olive tones, and the louche is just as one would expect....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     August 16, 2014
Last updated: September 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Hammer Time -- Take Two

I've gone through a couple bottles of this latest offering from Gnostalgic, and while I do like it, I do not like it as well as previous versions of Marteaux....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     May 31, 2014
Last updated: September 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.5

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

This one is very interesting, and quite distinct from the other offerings from Delaware Phoenix. Blues Cat pours an attractive gold-peridot, and pouches nicely to an attractive yellowish jade....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     August 06, 2013
Last updated: August 06, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0

A Jade by any other name...

My bottle is labelled V.S. 1898, but the Jade website seems to be calling it C.F. Berger, and it presumably was the old Jade Verte Suisse. Well, whatever, it...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     April 05, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0

A very fine blanche

This is a very nice blanche, and though it does not compare to Ridge's verte, it is still quite respectable. The color is fine...perfectly clear with no trace of...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 26, 2011
Last updated: September 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.5

Rocky Mountain High

Ridge Verte pours an attractive shade of olive-peridot, with a fresh aroma before water that is both herbal and medicinal. There are noticeable white pepper notes in the scent....

Reviewed by marlow     July 08, 2011
Last updated: July 09, 2011
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

Marvelous

Well, here we have another wonderful absinthe from Delaware Phoenix. It pours an attractive peridot green, tending toward the yellow-gold, and louches to an attractive, yellow jade. The louche...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 29, 2010
Last updated: January 24, 2011
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

One-dimensional

I am afraid I have to buck the trend on this one. La Berthe de Joux is very pretty. It pours a lovely peridot green, and louches to...

Reviewed by marlow     November 11, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
2.0

Batch 14: A Work In Progress

I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with Leopold's absinthe. I had read a lot of good reviews about batch-by-batch improvements to the product, but as of #14, there...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     April 13, 2010
Last updated: April 13, 2010
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Sgt. Pepper

I was quite eager to try the Vieux Carre, in part because I am a big fan of the Bluecoat gin from the same distiller. Unfortunately, this absinthe falls...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     April 12, 2010
Last updated: April 12, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Parisian Seductress

L'Enjôleuse is one of the most unusual and remarkable absinthes I have yet encountered. I suspect it is one that will have its detractors, but for all that it...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     March 25, 2010
Last updated: March 25, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0

White Jade

Absinthe Duplais Blanche is a very enjoyable offering. From the bottle, it pours perfectly clear and attractive, and with the addition of water it slowly becomes a ghostly jade....

Absinthe Substitutes
Reviewed by marlow     March 24, 2010
Last updated: April 18, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Spirit of New Orleans

Although Herbsaint Original does not purport to be absinthe, but instead is acknowledged as an absinthe substitute, I nevertheless treated it as I would any true absinthe and prepared a...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     January 30, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

Strange Brew

L'Italienne is a most unusual absinthe. It seems unremarkable at first, pouring a natural gold-olive with a strong, medicinal scent before water. The louche action is as it...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     January 20, 2010
Last updated: March 30, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

Spectacular

Mystique is one of the best absinthes I've tried to date. From the bottle, it pours a very pretty peridot green, clear and bright, with a rich element of...

Retired Brands
Reviewed by marlow     January 16, 2010
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Not your grandfather's absinthe...

The Wormwood Blanche does not conform to the standard absinthe profile. If the "holy trinity" of absinthe herbs forms a tripod, then this one leans severely due to the...

Retired Brands
Reviewed by marlow     January 16, 2010
Last updated: January 16, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Extreme spice!

I tend to characterize absinthe as either "herbal" or "spicy." The Helfrich Verte falls onto the extreme end of the "spicy" spectrum, at least among absinthe I have tried...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 30, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Underrated

I'm giving the Absinthe Duplais high marks. It's a clean, crisp, and very satisfying absinthe that is lovely to behold. It begins a gorgeous deep shade of peridot,...

Reviewed by marlow     August 06, 2009
Last updated: November 11, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

Emaho!

Walton Waters from Delaware Phoenix is a lovely spirit, one that will be enjoyed most by those who like their absinthe complex and intensely herbal. It begins a very...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     August 05, 2009
Last updated: April 18, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

That exquisite coquette!

La Coquette is a delightful absinthe. Before water, it presents a lovely, dark peridot green, tinged with olive. I wanted to give it a score of 4.5, and...

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2 oz dry vermouth
2 or 3 dashes absinthe

Stir with ice. Strain into well-chilled cocktail glass.

Float white Jasmine flower.
 
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